END OF SEASON 9: REPORT #3 - INT ECONOMY

And finally end of season 9 report #3, focused on the game economy.


It is no news that the economical side of the game has been into trouble lately. In fact the game has been losing too much money, and a severe deflation has been going on for a while.

We've taken some measures to restore a good situation in the game economy.


PRIZES

Prizes will change at the end of next season, as it wouldn't have been fair to change them at this moment when winner managers were already counting on their money. So we inform you now for the next end of season. The new idea is more similar to reality. There's not a prize for the top teams and other teams get nothing; instead there's a prize for all teams, growing with league position. So that all teams will be interested in improve their league position till the last matchday. Also money will be better distributed to all teams.

The total of prizes awarded will result in a growth of more than £7,5m.

This is new prizes scheme valid from season 10:


Competition

Winner

Runner-up

3rd

4th

5th-10th

11th-12th

13th-16th

ITN Cup

5,500,000

2,500,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

Premier Cup

4,500,000

2,250,000

1,000,000

750,000

Level A Cup

3,750,000

2,000,000

1,000,000

700,000

Level B/C Cup

2,750,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

600,000

Premier Division

5,000,000

2,500,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

700,000

500,000

400,000

Division A*

4,000,000

2,000,000

1,000,000

700,000

500,000

400,000

300,000

Division B*/C*

3,000,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

650,000

400,000

300,000

250,000

Any Reserve Division

500,000


PLAYERS WAGES

Players wages has been very slightly decreased (in the region of 4-6%). The difference won't be big, but it will allow to save some money and will be able to reduce some crazy requests by players. In addition the so called “bigger club syndrome” (players asking more money to drop down divisions) has received a huge cut. In particular for players going to lower leagues, where they were asking ridiculous wages, and this was another huge reason that cooled down the transfer market. It seemed no C&B level were able to buy players from the higher levels, which is unrealistic. We even thought about removing this syndrome completely but we realized it can be useful to prevent C level teams full of 50-something SOA players which would be unrealistic too.


STADIA

All managers realized that there was something wrong with stadia. In fact the construction costs were high, and moreover were high the maintenance costs compared to gate receipts. This meant that very few managers improved their stadium as it wouldn't be profitable. This needed some adjustment, and so this will be the new construction costs:


Between 0-9,999 capacity seats are valued at GBP 300 each, between 10,000 and 19,999 capacity seats are valued at GBP 850 each, between 20,000 and 29,999 capacity seats are valued at GBP 1,400 each, and over 30,000 capacity seats are all valued at GBP 1,900 each.

All stadium changes also incur a GBP 1 million construction charge!


As for maintenance costs they are going to decrease for an average figure near to 10%.


MATCH WITHDRAWAL

We realized most of the teams who withdrew from a match were managerless teams, receiving £1m fine per week (for 1st team and reserver). This was a big cause for teams going into heavy debts.

But we decided teams should have some sort of “punishment” anyway (fair in case the team is managed but the manager isn't playing seriously) but lowering fines amount.

The fine will therefore be reduced from the actual £500,000 to £ 150,000.


ADVERTISING/MERCHANDISE/TV INCOME

This part of team balance is going to be changed as well. So far only league level decided how much a team could gain from Advertising. From now on also league position will play a small part. All teams will see their income growing, low table ones will see a very small difference, while top table teams will probably notice more.


RELEASING PLAYERS

Releasing a player will be around 10% less expensive than before. And a further reduction will apply to players who already announced their retirement (more than 20% less than before).